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A 'Sassy' new salon now welcoming clients on Main

Sassy and Company Salon staff includes front, from left, owner Michelle Lundin and Jodi Sunram, back, Roz Johnson, Rachel Bishop, Donata Domino, Laura Dissmore, Liz Tostenson and Jeanne Boyce. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Michelle Lundin has assumed the scissors at the former Carol's Shear Pleasure, Sassy and Company now welcoming clientele, original and new, at the salon on the first block of Main.

"I've come full circle," said Lundin, who applied at the salon a decade ago. She was offered a position, but declined because it was part-time.

"When I needed a change, this was the first place I came," she said. "It happened to be for sale."

"Come on over," owner Carol Smith told her. "We'll talk about it."

"She's a mini Mom," Liz Tostenson said of Lundin's first-to-arrive, last-to-leave work ethic.

Carol Smith and husband Ed founded the salon Christmas 1995.

"Our family was centered around this," Tostenson said of sister Sue Weckwerth's and her daughters,' Leeza and LeeAnn, jobs in the salon. Ed Smith was the "janitor and numbers guy; I've taken on his role."

Carol Smith originally opened a salon in the log building on the fourth block of Main. "We've been with it since day one.

"Mom loved doing hair," Tostenson said of her 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours of operation.

"It was definitely her passion," Lundin agrees.

But health issues precluded continuing.

The night Smith officially closed the salon, she styled hair for a friend from the Twin Cities.

"She wanted to depart that way," Lundin said of her last "performance."

Sassy, Lundin explained of the salon's moniker, has long been part of her hair design vocabulary. "I always said you should look - and feel - better when you leave than when you come in."

A sassy entrepreneurial spirit drove the 26-year hair designer's decision to go out on her own.

The melding of customers "was like joining families," Tostenson said of the "relaxed family atmosphere" in the salon. "Mom's motto of comfort and laughter is continuing."

The economy's downturn has led to longer stints between haircuts. And people are asking for color - without highlights. But the need to tame the locks remains.

Seven hair designers and a masseuse and nail technician serve clientele at Sassy and Company. Services include hair color and cuts, manicures and pedicures, massage, facials and waxing, with an updated product line now available.

"From 5 to 90, we want everyone to feel good," Tostenson said. "And it's still your mama's salon," she said of roller sets.

Sassy and Company is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.